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Veggie-Loaded Chickpea Flour Omelet (Besan Chilla)

Author: Traffic Light Cook
These Indian-inspired veggie-loaded chickpea flour omelets offer a healthy, vegan, gluten-free savory option for breakfast or have these for lunch as a side with a big salad. 
Course Breakfast, Lunch
Cuisine Indian, Vegan, Gluten-free,
Servings 6
Calories 91 kcal


  • 1 cup chickpea flour* (sub with garbanzo bean flour)
  • 1 cup water**
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt*** (heaping)
  • 1/4 cup red onion (finely minced, can sub with white onion)
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper (finely minced, can sub with green or yellow kind)
  • 1/4 cup zucchini (grated, or any other summer squash)
  • 1/4 cup green onions (finely minced, optional)
  • 1 tsp ginger (grated or minced)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (fresh coriander, finely chopped)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp carom seeds (optional)
  • 2 tsp green chillies (seeded, finely minced, or to taste)
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (or to taste, can sub with red chili powder)
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1/2 onion (any type for seasoning the pan)


  • In a big bowl, add the dry chickpea flour and stir with a wire whisk , 4-5 times. Add water, vinegar, and salt; stir with the whisk till the batter is lump-free and uniform in texture. The batter should be thin in consistency, but spreadable. Add turmeric and cayenne pepper and stir a couple of more times to evenly mix the spices. if using, also add the carom seeds. 
  • Grate the ginger, squash, and pepper and finely chop the green onions, red onion, green chillies, and cilantro. Add all the chopped/grated veggies and herb to the chickpea flour batter. Let the batter sit from 10-30 minutes. 
  • Heat a round griddle/Tava/crepe pan on medium heat. Slice an onion in the middle and hook it onto a fork. Smear the cut side of the onion with oil and rub on the pan. Use a 1/3 cup measuring cup (or any other) to pour the batter on the heated pan (be sure not to overheat the pan) and spread evenly in a circular shape. Cover the omelet with a lid and flip after one side is cooked. It takes around 4-6 minutes to make one omelet. Enjoy with your favorite chutney or ketchup or with this Cilantro-Ginger Dressing


*Chickpea flour (also known as gram flour) is made from Channa daal and can be found in Indian stores or Indian section of many American supermarkets. Garbanzo bean flour, which is now readily available in regular supermarkets in the U.S.,  is made from a different variety of chickpeas. 
**If using garbanzo bean flour (not besan) then add 2 more tbsp of water. 
***add 1/4 tsp more if needed. 
  • can also add grated carrots, sweet potato, instead of squash
  • For a boost in flavor, add 1 tsp of crushed garlic in the batter. 
Amazon Link Besan (Indian-style chickpea flour)
Amazon Link Garbanzo Bean Flour


Serving: 1OmeletCalories: 91kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 5gFat: 1gSodium: 227mgPotassium: 220mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 300IUVitamin C: 10.7mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1.1mg
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